Epinephelus fasciatus (Forsskal, 1775)
Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Widespread tropical Indo-Pacific, NSW Japan and Micronesia. In Australia recorded from central Western Australia, across the tropical north to Torres Strait, south through Queensland to Sydney on the east coast, and including Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.
Solitary species found on rocky and boulder reef in clear water. Depth to at least 150m.
Variable colouration from banded to pale, red coloured head is distinctive, see pale specimen lower photograph. Feeds on a variety of small crustaceans and fishes. Grows to 40cm.